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The war affected me.

January 22, 2009

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Nasser: "The war affected me. My grandparents and parents always told me about wars but I did not believe that it would be that bad. Now I understand. I learned to be patient and tolerant. I learned not to complain especially because sometimes we do not have too many choices. I learned how to make use of my time when I have nothing to do.

"The younger generation must have dreams, but many of their dreams are changed. They are aware of other things that children in other areas of the world would not think of.

"I don't know how [to convince young people that will still need to live in peace]. I might tell them that at the end of the day we are all the same. We are human beings and that we all need to live in peace. But honestly at this moment, I don’t really believe in this. The chances for peace dropped 50% in my opinion. This attack has taken us back to before 1994.

"What happened proved that Israel did not differentiate between civilians and fighters. For Israel we are all the same, we are all Palestinian. Hence, most of those killed were civilians. Therefore, we must always remember our common goal as Palestinians."